India v Pakistan betting tips for Champions Trophy 2017 Final can be found at the end of this article. The fate of the coveted 2017 Champions Trophy will be decided on June 18, 2017 and make no mistake, it’s going to be one hell of an encounter between two teams that share one of the greatest rivalries in the history of international cricket, India, and Pakistan.
Venue: The Oval, London
Time: 10.30 am local (3 pm India time)
Until now the tournament has been up to its standards with teams going into fifth gear and doing everything they can to seal a semi-final berth. With top contenders like Australia, New Zealand and South Africa getting eliminated it seemed likely that the Asian teams are again going to dominate on the International stage.
With Bangladesh pulling off an epic upset against New Zealand to book a semi-final berth it seemed as if India would have to display something equally heroic to get into the final and that is exactly what the tournament favorites and former champions have done.
Another favorite for the title was the English team who hoped to get their hands on the trophy on home turf and they did manage to put up an excellent display remaining undefeated while entering the semis.
That is when Pakistan decided to make the Champions trophy look like Asia Cup by eliminating the only non-Asian team with a stunning performance that looked unlikely from them after the kind of start they got in the competition.
Another clinical batting display with a brilliant top-order flourish and the experienced middle order providing the momentum will be the first thing on every Indian’s mind. That’s how it has gone for them all tournament.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma aside, their captain has been in the most exquisite touch and he will look to provide another masterful inning in the final.
The opening partnership has again regained its invincible form and will be one of the key aspects of India in the all-important game. The bowling attack has also been quite impressive with stalwarts like Bumrah and Bhuvi looking in fine touch with the ball.
Big question then: Will India play two spinners or revert to featuring an extra seamer?
India’s expected playing XI:
Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Kedar, Hardik, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah.
Pakistan have dished out a set of brilliant bowling displays that seemed unbeatable throughout the tournament except in that one match against India. They will hope that they do not falter like they did against the same opponents when they met at the group stage. A consistent batting aided by clinical bowling will be what the Pakistanis will be hoping for.
They will hope Mohammad Amir is fit for the game but if he isn’t then Rumman Raees seemed to have done a decent job last game.
And seriously, they need to field like the way they did against England in the semi-final if they want to put up an impressive contest with their greatest rival on the cricket ground.
Pakistan’s expected playing XI:
Fakhar, Azhar, Hafeez, Babar, Malik, Sarfaraz, Wasim, Amir/Raees, Hasan, Shadab, Junaid
India v Pakistan head to head in ODIs:
India and Pakistan have featured in 128 ODI matches in their entire career and Pakistan lead 72-52 on their head-to-head. It’s 12-8 in favour of India over the past 10 years of matches between them.
In the Champions Trophy cricket, it’s 2-2 including the once these two sides had played earlier in this tournament where India won by 124 runs.